Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Public procurement organisation
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  • Contact
    • 41 Industrial Park, Kenmore Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 0XE

About YPO

YPO are a public procurement organisation with customers including schools, local authorities, charities, emergency services, public sector and other businesses such as nurseries and care homes.

They supply products and services with an existing range of approximately 30,000 products and 80 service contracts. 100% publicly owned, by 13 local authorities, their profits are returned to their public sector customers.

Their strategy for personal growth focuses on developing 'hard skills' and 'soft skills' of staff. They’ve provided training for interview skills, getting the most from appraisals, and offering and supporting job-relevant NVQs to all staff. They have also provided qualifications such as Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development qualifications and Chartered Institute of Procurement Services qualifications.

The 'soft skills' element of YPO’s plan includes exploring people's personality types in order to discover how to motivate employees, build high performing teams and deliver feedback to people in the most effective way.

What is it like to work for YPO

Their Special Leave Policy, introduced in 2010, supports the provision for reasonable time off for staff to deal with caring responsibilities and in unexpected or emergency situations. This can be paid up to five days in any one year.
My Company
My Company
They have an internal communications strategy to engage their employees with the new business strategy, ‘forward thinking, outward looking’. It aims to ensure employees know what is going on, are engaged and actively contribute to the organisation’s objectives and feel part of its success.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
They host an annual free Family Fun Day to reward staff for their efforts. Staff and their families are invited and they have children's games, raffles, refreshments, a local radio DJ, a tombola stall, arts and crafts activities and Santa's Grotto.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:


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  • Staff:


  • Male : Female:

    58% / 42%

  • Staff Turnover:



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